The island is situated approximately 2400 kilometres (4 hour flight) off the South East Coast of Africa. The island covers an area of 1,865 square kilometers or 720 square miles, with 330 kilometers of coastline. Mauritius is 45km in width and 65km in length.
Some Economic indicators of Mauritius
- Population: around 1.3 million
- Inflation: forecasted to be around 3.7-3.8% (stood at 3.6% in 2017) GDP: 13.34 billion USD
- Unemployment rate: around 7%
- Number of Tourists annually: 1.3 to 1.4 million
Mauritius has a literacy rate of above 90% with a bilingual labour. Its tax regime is of extreme interest to many foreigners as the individual tax is set at 15% and corporate tax ranging from 0 to 15 on book profits. Compared to other jurisdictions providing such tax advantages, Mauritius presents itself as a safe and stable environment, one where you can run your business and live a great life with a beach-front property. Our island is multi-cultural with our ancestors coming mainly from Asia and Africa.
With an economic and geographical infrastructure very similar to South Africa, moving to Mauritius will feel like being at home. The island is surrounded by its brilliant clear turquoise sea and sandy beaches. Its natural brilliance is further underlined by the sense of security which reigns all over the island. Amenities such as shopping malls, gyms, cinemas, restaurants and nature walks are always close to wherever you will be staying on the island.
Notable awards of Mauritius:
- Ranked first by the World Bank survey for doing business in Africa;
- IAGTO – Golf Destination of the Year for Africa, Indian Ocean and the Gulf States;
- 2018 World Travel Awards (WTA) – Africa and Indian Ocean: Leading Honeymoon Destination 2018;
- 2018 World Travel Awards (WTA) – Africa and Indian Ocean: Leading Cruise Destination 2018;
- 2018 World Travel Awards (WTA) – Africa and Indian Ocean: Leading Tourist Board 2018 – Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA);
- “Bank of the Year” Award issued to Mauritius Commercial Bank by The Banker, a major entity of the Financial Times;
10 Fun Facts about Mauritius
- It is a volcanic island of lagoons and palm-fringed beaches with coral reefs surrounding most of the coastline
- Mauritians are known for their tolerance and kindness towards all people
- Mauritius is part of the African continent geographically and is located in the Indian Ocean
- The extinct Dodo is the islands national animal and has only ever been found on Mauritius.
- Ever wondered what Mauritian music is like? Well it’s called Sega and is danced to by moving one’s whole body, but not your feet. Maybe watch someone else do it before trying to improvise though!
- Mauritius does not have an army
- Mauritius is home to the unique “Seven Coloured Earth”. Located in Chamarel this unique and beautiful phenomenon is caused by the conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals.
- Mauritius actually belongs to a group of islands called the Mascarenes. Réunion, Rodrigues and a number of smaller volcanic islands make up the rest of the group.
- Giant Aldabra tortoises abound on the island of Mauritius.
- The education system in Mauritius is largely based on the British system since Mauritius was a former British colony.
- The teaching of English and French are compulsory in all schools